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HFW

25-27 RUE D'ASTORG, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 44 94 40 50
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Fax +33 1 42 65 46 25
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www.hfw.com
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France

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

HFW

The aviation department at HFW acts for airlines, insurers and aircraft lessors in a wide array of matters, ranging from transactional work to accident-related matters, where, in regard to the latter, it handles litigation and regulatory instructions. Practice head Pierre Frühling, who splits his time between the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices, recently led advice to Aircalin on the restructuring and renewal of its fleet, including on the acquisition of new aircraft and on the maintenance and finance work pertaining to the operation. Other work includes assisting Delta Air Lines with the implementation of the European and French rules governing passenger name records. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Waypoint Leasing and AXA Corporate Solutions are other clients.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

HFW

The ‘excellent’ team at HFW provides ‘outstanding service’ and focuses on complex insurance claims, both domestic and cross-border. Industrial risk, professional indemnity, product liability and public liability insurance are the group’s core specialisms, and it is a popular choice for manufacturing and heavy industry clients, as well as transport, construction and energy sector clients. Practice head Olivier Purcell, Guillaume Brajeux and Pauline Arroyo are the key names. Recent instructions involved a potential product liability claim and compliance-related regulatory advice. Clients include Generali, Helvetia and XL Catlin. Pierre-Olivier LeBlanc joined Taylor Wessing.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

HFW

HFW’s team has expertise in wet and dry shipping, handling collisions, salvages and general groundings, as well as matters related to bills of lading, charter parties, cargo claims, wreck removals and matters pertaining to passenger carriage. The key contacts are practice head Guillaume Brajeux, Stanislas Lequette, Stéphanie Schweitzer and Timothy Clemens-Jones. Recent work includes representing RTE as owners of electric cables connecting France and England in bringing a claim following damage to the cables. Another highlight saw the department defending the owners and underwriters of a vessel that was grounded in France and had to discharge part of its cargo prior to going to the repair yard against salvage claims made by tug owners. Other clients include Cap Marine, Helvetia and AXA Corporate Solutions.

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France: Aviation

Aviation finance
Aviation finance - ranked: tier 3

HFW

HFW predominantly acts for French airlines, particularly on matters with an international component. The team’s core practice includes fleet restructurings and aircraft and helicopter acquisitions. Recent work includes advice to Aircalin on the restructuring and renewal of its fleet and assisting Air France with the financing of a Boeing long-range aircraft. Waypoint Leasing and Aigle Azur are other clients. Practice head Pierre Frühling splits his time between the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices. Following the arrival of Richard Jadot in 2017 from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, the group also has one partner exclusively based in Paris.

Leading individuals

Richard Jadot - HFW

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

HFW

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France: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

HFW

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France: Industry focus

Energy
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

HFW

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France: Shipping

Shipping finance
Shipping finance - ranked: tier 2

HFW

HFW’s ship finance practice has a strong focus on tax leases, but the team has also recently handled restructuring and refinancing mandates. Practice head Jean-Marc Zampa is supported by senior associate Serge Rastorgoueff. The pair advised Baja Ferries on the bidding process for the acquisition of the Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée (now Maritima Ferries). Other work included handling the financing of four expedition vessels for Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, which combined a French tax lease and a secured loan facility. Ingepar and Natixis are other clients.

Leading individuals

Jean-Marc Zampa - HFW

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Legal Developments by:
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    Business interruption insurance is often a key component of a company’s business continuity plan. The insurance is designed to compensate an insured for the financial effect of the interruption or interference to that business as a result of physical damage to an insured property or other key external events, such as damage at a supplier’s or customer’s premises. The intention is to restore the business to the same financial position as if the loss had not occurred, subject always to the terms and conditions of the policy. 

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    The second supplementary budget published in the Official Gazette September 19, 2011 provides for two key measures that affect the deferral of tax losses and taxation of capital gains realized on the sale of equity securities .
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